Participants in this lab-oriented, hands-on learning experience practice and experiment with an extensive menu of 19th century photographic processes. This workshop is geared for creative people of all disciplines who want to expand on their expressive possibilities in photographic printmaking.
Among many processes that students work with are Cyanotype, Cyanotype on fabrics, salted paper process, Kallitypes, albumen, platinum & palladium, Ziatype, gum bichromate and gum over washes with cyan and platinum, as well as varying toning options. Other topics include large format pinhole photography and film negatives for alternative processes; digital negatives for contact printing; hand-applied emulsions on alternative surfaces; and considerations of paper choices and sizing options. Students enjoy a digital negative production set-up in the lab facility for producing contact negatives. While most printing is done in the sun, UV exposure units are available for printing on the rare cloudy or rainy days.
The goal of this workshop is to inspire new directions via the materials and their possibilities. The workshop provides a unique experience for all who are curious about historic photographic methods and love the process of printmaking.
For those looking for a full alternative processes experience, consider combining this workshop with the Advanced Alternative Processes workshop the following week.
A detailed letter with specific recommendations on what to bring will be sent to all participants prior to the workshop.
Brenton Hamilton’s work can be viewed and questions can be answered at: www.Brentonhamiltonstudio.net
"This course had truly transformed my way of thinking about how to present my existing work, and how to create new material."
- Giraud Polite, Dallas, TX
"It has been one of the most inspiring experiences for me since I was in graduate school almost 20 years ago."
- Stacy Collingham, Hamilton, NJ
"This was such a unique course. I don't think I could find something like it anywhere else!"
- Diana Egnatz, Latitz, NY
"This has exceeded all preconceived explanations and I feel I will be able to understand these processes at home."
- Cass Horsley, Plymouth, UK